Boston Dynamics just opened up this robot tech to help tackle COVID-19

27 Apr, 2020
Company behind Spot the robot dog has published application designs for robots on GitHub that could help staff reduce their chances of infection and perform essential high-risk duties.

Boston Dynamics has open-sourced some of its robotics technology to help protect healthcare workers battling the coronavirus.

The robotics firm has developed a healthcare toolkit that it hopes will allow mobile robots to carry out essential functions that reduce the exposure of frontline healthcare staff to COVID-19.

This includes allowing clinicians to speak to patients suspected of having COVID-19 remotely, measuring vital signs and transporting supplies.

The toolkit has been made available on GitHub and includes hardware and software designs for COVID-19 applications, including documentation for CAD mounts and programming scripts.